This is How it Ends

In today’s episode, we marvel at Dolan’s ability in This is How it Ends to mirror the gentrification fight with the relationship between young activist Ella and the older mentor Molly. We think about mentoring, gentrification, family, policing, and so many other themes as we discuss this tight thriller which is also social commentary.

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Efforts to build housing around transit threaten to price out those most dependent on bus and rail

The San Diego Union-Tribune cited research by Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center on the number of housing units needed to lower the cost of housing in California. However, to actually lower the cost of housing, the state would need to add roughly 2.5 million new units by 2025, or roughly 357,000 a year,…

Complications and Contradictions in a Changing Neighborhood

by Lisa Bates

The corridor of gleaming high rises along Vancouver and Williams Avenues is a marked change from the early 2000s. When the Housing Authority of Portland (now known as Home Forward) applied for HOPE VI funds for the old Iris Court development, it was known as a rough area. Residents who lived there, or who knew of it by reputation …

Mansplaining the city

Curbed LA highlighted research by Lisa Schweitzer of the USC Price School on how males and male-centric language dominates development, real estate and politics. According to Schweitzer women typically engage in identity-driven conversations to promote equity for city residents and are often shot down. The story cites a blog post by Schweitzer titled “The Smartest…

Transit-Oriented Development

People are moving back into the cities. But where should they go? In an age of congested freeways and greenhouse gas emissions, gentrification and concentrated poverty, suburban sprawl and all sorts of inequality, where is the best place to build, to live, to walk, and to shop? One answer has been touted to address all those problems: near public transit. In this episode, we define, describe, and debate “transit-oriented development” with Seva Rodnyansky.

Bostic at 2016 APPAM Fall Research, Conference The Role of Research in Making Government More Effective

Raphael Bostic, the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance, presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) 2016 Fall Research Conference. APPAM is “dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education.” Professor Bostic’s paper presentation for the Neighborhood and Population Dynamics of Transit panel was titled “Sustainability and…